There has been an ever-lasting request that one should be able to stream games from their Xbox One to their Android devices. And now Microsoft has finally paid heed to this request. Up until now, that was only possible with a Windows PC. But now you could do the same on the Google-owned mobile OS as well. It is similar to Project xCloud cloud gaming platform, with the difference being that the former uses your Xbox One as the host.
The latency might be on a slightly higher side if you don’t have a decent internet connection. Likewise, it is still in the testing phase, so there might be a few hiccups along the way as well. Apart from that, there are a couple of pretty important prerequisites that you will have to qualify. Once that is done, you should have no trouble to stream games from your Xbox One onto your Android device.
Stream Games from your Xbox One to your Android device
Here are all the requirements that you will have to take a note of before starting with the streaming process:
- You will need a Microsoft account that is enrolled in the Xbox Insider program.
- Similarly, an Xbox One enrolled in the Xbox One Update Preview is also a requirement.
- Your device should be having at least Android 6.0 and Bluetooth 4.0.
- Next up, a Bluetooth-enabled wireless Xbox One Controller is also required.
- Make sure your Xbox has game streaming functionality enabled. To do so, go to Guide > System > Settings > Devices & Streaming > Console Streaming and see whether the Enable Console Streaming is checked or not. If not, do so right away.
- Your Xbox One’s power settings should be to “Instant-on”. For that, head over to Guide > Settings > General > Power Mode & Startup > Power Mode, and from the Power Mode drop-down menu, select the Instant-On option.
- Also, make sure that your Xbox Controller is up and running the latest firmware version. If not, then update it right away. An older firmware build has been the reason for quite a few issues for many users. So head over to My Games & Apps > Apps > Tap on the three-dot icon and hit the Update Now button.
These were all the needed requirements. You could now proceed with the steps to stream games from your Xbox One onto your Android device.
Instructions to Stream Games from Xbox to Android
- On your Xbox One, head over to the Microsoft Store, download and install the Xbox Insider Hub onto your console
- Next up, download and install the Xbox Game Streaming app onto your Android device. Do keep in mind that it is still in a Preview Phase.
- Launch the app and sign in with the same Microsoft Account that you have used with the Xbox Insider program.
- Once that is done, hit the Let’s Play! button situated at the bottom.
- Now power on your Xbox and connect it to the TV. Make sure you are having an active internet connection.
- From the Xbox Game Streaming app, tap on the Setup New Xbox option.
- After that is done, you should see the Enable option on your TV. Click on it.
- It’s now time to connect your Xbox Controller to your Android device. For that, within the Xbox Game Streaming app, tap on Pair Controller.
- If you are using the Xbox controller, tap on the said option from the app. For other controllers, use the Different Controller option.
- On your Xbox controller, there is a small pairing button situated next to the USB port. Press it for a couple of seconds (2-4 seconds)
- Then on the Android app, tap on Next > Go To Device Settings. You will then be taken to the device’s Bluetooth page, select the Xbox Wireless Controller option.
- Once the pairing is done, just tap on the Start Console Stream option on your Android device and that’s all!
With this, you have successfully completed the guide on how to stream games from your Xbox One onto your Android device. Just keep in mind all the prerequisites and you should have no trouble in the streaming. While there might be some latency and bugs along the way, but that is anyways expected.
This is because the Android app is still in the preview phase and a sudden network blip might also result in the aforementioned issue. Apart from this, if you still have any queries, do let us know in the comments below. Rounding off, here are some iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.